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What I Read This
I love picture books for many reasons. The fact that the picture book is a work of art is just one of those reasons. This week I was especially charmed and captivated by the art in the picture books I read.
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
A bear finds a piano in the forest and learns to play. When he is invited to the city to play he is hesitant, but goes along for the journey. Although bear becomes famous he misses his friends. The messages within this book are related to friendship, following one's dreams, and an appreciation for music. The detailed illustrations within this book, in which the forest and the city are equally beautiful, make this book worthy of many rereads.
Hector and Hummingbird by Nicholas John Frith
Hector and Hummingbird are best friends living in the mountains of Peru. When Hector decides he wants some peace and quiet, he tells Hummingbird to leave him alone and goes off into the jungle. Hector soon realizes he doesn't feel quite right all by himself. This is a sweet book about friendship and learning to appreciate and get along with others. The illustrations in this book are amazing because of the detail and color. Shades of green and bright splashes of pink and blue make each page pop with color bringing the jungle to life.
What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen
This is a picture book to spark creativity and imagination. Throughout the book, a boy and girl show the possibilities for using a cardboard box. The box is transformed as they go on imaginary adventures. There is not a lot of text on each page, but it is poetic and captures the beauty of a child's ability to imagine. This is another book with beautiful illustrations. The authentic looking cardboard box adds to the charm.